Auto body shop worker injured in gas can explosion

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A man is in stable condition Saturday following a gas can explosion at an auto body shop in north Baton Rouge.

Curt Monte, spokesman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department, said the man was cutting on a car with a torch at Stampley’s Auto Body on Scenic Highway, near Walnut Street, shortly before noon when a gas can exploded.

Fire investigators say they think slag from the victim cutting on the car struck the can, causing the explosion, Monte said.

The victim told firefighters he tried putting the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but the can exploded before he could get the fire out, Monte said. The explosion damaged the car he was working on as well as three other cars in the shop.

Firefighters arrived at about 12:02 p.m. and had the fire out about five minutes later, Monte said.

The fire caused about $50,000 in damage to the vehicles and the building, Monte said.

Kendall Washington, spokesman for East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services, said the victim suffered second-degree burns to his upper body from the explosion, but was in stable condition.

He was transported to a nearby hospital.